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Podcast by Metropolitan Opera Guild

    Ep. 162: Opera in the New Millennium - Interview with Prestini, Puts, and Mazzoli

    Ep. 162: Opera in the New Millennium - Interview with Prestini, Puts, and Mazzoli

    How do composers pick subject matter for a new opera? What is the composing process like? How does a composer work with a librettist? How much time do composers get to create an opera? In this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guilld Podcast, we explore all of those questions and more in the release of an archival recording from 2017! This event featured a live interview panel as part of our Opera in the New Millennium program, when lecturers Naomi Barrettara and Elspeth Davis sat down with composers Missy Mazzoli, Paola Prestini, and Kevin Puts to learn more about their work as contemporary opera composers.

    (Please Note: Due to the live and archival nature of the original recording, there were some microphone glitches throughout the track. We have attempted to balance the recording and smooth out glitches as much as possible for this episode!)

    Track photo credits (from left to right):
    Paola Prestini, by Caroline Tompkins
    Kevin Puts, by David White
    Missy Mazzoli, by Caroline Tompkins

    • 57 min
    Ep. 161: 21st-Century Opera Survey, Part 2, with Naomi Barrettara & Elspeth Davis

    Ep. 161: 21st-Century Opera Survey, Part 2, with Naomi Barrettara & Elspeth Davis

    From Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun, to musical mainstay Nico Muhly, to broadway superstar Jeanine Tesori, composers are changing the perception of what an opera can be. On this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturers Naomi Barrettara and Elspeth Davis continue with the second part of a two part-series from our archives, on contemporary composers and opera’s that are changing the music scene as we know it.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep. 160: 21st-Century Opera Survey, Part 1, with Naomi Barrettara & Elspeth Davis

    Ep. 160: 21st-Century Opera Survey, Part 1, with Naomi Barrettara & Elspeth Davis

    What will opera look like, or sound like, in 10 years? 20 years? It’s hard to predict, but one thing is for sure: there’s a whole new generation of composers creating new innovations in expression, composition, and performance. For this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, we have pulled a series of live event recordings from our archives to share, featuring lecturers Naomi Barrettara and Elspeth Davis as they guide us through a two-part survey of contemporary works that are poised to be future classics of the genre.

    Date of event recording: 2017-18 season.
    Timeline referenced in the lecture can be found at https://prezi.com/p1gza7i3aknm/opera-history-timeline/ .

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Ep. 159: Evolution of German Opera with Victoria Bond

    Ep. 159: Evolution of German Opera with Victoria Bond

    The evolution of German opera can be traced through the works of well known composers such as Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and Wagner, as well as lesser known names in the opera canon, such as Schubert, Carl Maria von Weber, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In this episode, composer, conductor, and lecturer Victoria Bond dives into the influential history and evolution of German opera throughout Western music.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep. 158: The Enduring Legacy Of Black Singers in Opera, Part 2, with Tanisha Mitchell

    Ep. 158: The Enduring Legacy Of Black Singers in Opera, Part 2, with Tanisha Mitchell

    In this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, we explore the incredible legacy of women who broke barriers for black artists, dating all the way back to the late 1800s! Tune in as lecturer and music librarian Tanisha Mitchell explores the trailblazers, sprinters, and torch-bearing women who are part of the enduring legacy of black singers in opera.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Ep. 157: The Enduring Legacy Of Black Singers in Opera, Part 1, with Tanisha Mitchell

    Ep. 157: The Enduring Legacy Of Black Singers in Opera, Part 1, with Tanisha Mitchell

    In this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer and music librarian Tanisha Mitchell talks about singers of the past and present who broke barriers, paved the way, and continue to carry the torch in "The Enduring Legacy of Black Singers in Opera.” In this first part of the series, Tanisha focuses on male singers spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st century, including George Shirley, Robert McFerrin, Vinson Cole, Simon Estes, Sir Willard White, Derek Lee Ragin, Eric Owens, Morris Robinson, Russell Thomas, and many more!

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
183 Ratings

183 Ratings

incognito82 ,

Amazing

Amazing. Matt Timmerman on Wagner was so good.

mjname ,

Carl Raymond knocks it our of the park

OMG Carl Raymond has me intrigued and laughing from beginning to end. I want to see him in person the next time I’m in NYC.

Libranjpa ,

Kudos to Desiree Mays!

Having listened to the podcasts from their inception, I continue to enjoy them immensely. My favorite speaker by far is the marvelous Desiree Mays. Her insightful and literate reviews go beyond just summarizing the plots and characters of the operas, and also include many historical and other appropriate anecdotes about the pieces.

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